Daily Archives: September 16, 2020

2020-09-16: News Headlines

Eds. (2020-09-16). Greta Thunberg champions the plight of climate refugees. mronline.org "Climate crisis could displace 1.2 billion people by 2050," says Greta Thunberg…

yenisafak (2020-09-16). 1982 Beirut massacre still haunts survivors. yenisafak.com "We unwittingly came to Lebanon and we will return to our homeland Palestine whenever possible." | About one square kilometer (less than half a square mile) in size, the Sabra and Shatila camp, located west of Beirut, is home to 12,000 Palestinian refugees, according to unofficial data.

WSWS (2020-09-16). Nurse alleges forced sterilizations, medical malpractice at Georgia immigrant detention center. wsws.org The chilling report provides further evidence of the sadistic abuse meted out by the Trump administration in its fascistic war on immigrants.

yenisafak (2020-09-16). Greece struggles to bring migrants into temporary camp after fire. yenisafak.com Greek authorities were still struggling on Wednesday to move thousands of migrants sleeping rough into a temporary camp, a week after the overcrowded Moria migrant camp burned down, while fears grew over a coronavirus outbreak on the island of Lesbos.More than 12,000 people, mostly refugees from Afghanistan, Africa and Syria, were left without shelter, proper sanitation or access to food and water by the fire that tore through Moria, Greece's biggest camp for migrants reaching its islands by sea.No one was killed or hurt in the fire, which broke out after quarantine measures were imposed following the discovery o…

Staff (2020-09-15). Headlines for September 15, 2020. democracynow.org Trump Doubles Down on Climate Crisis Denial as West Coast Burns, World's Largest Vaccine Maker Says It Could Take 5 Years for Universal COVID-19 Vaccination, Trump Calls COVID-19 "The Plague" in April Interview with Woodward as He Called for U.S. to Reopen, Nevada City Fines Venue That Hosted Trump Rally Which Violated State's Coronavirus Restrictions, Appeals Court Gives Trump Greenlight to End Immigration Protections for 400,000 TPS Holders, Whistleblowing Nurse Says Georgia Immigration Jail Performing Forced Hysterectomies, Palestinians Form Unified Front as Israel, UAE and Bahrain Sign Deal Normalizing Relati…

G. Dunkel (2020-09-15). Fire exposes desperate plight of refugees. workers.org The Sept. 8 fire that burned the largest asylum camp in Europe, the Moria Reception and Identification Camp on the Greek island of Lesbos, shows how the 13,000 people there are disregarded and disrespected. Migrant families flee burning asylum camp on island of Lesbos, Greece, Sept. 8. The camp was . . . |

Peoples Dispatch (2020-09-15). US appeals court approves Trump's move to end protected status for 300,000 immigrants. peoplesdispatch.org The court overturned earlier injunctions by federal judges against the government's decision to end the Temporary Protected Status for people from four countries…

Nick Licata (2020-09-15). Three World War II Books That Mirror Our Current Crises. counterpunch.org The 75th Commemoration of the End of World War II is Sept. 2, 2020. This fall, three new books cover foreign-policy issues from the conclusion of that war. Those issues are still with us today: how to care for the plight of millions of displaced and desperate immigrants, how to apply international laws to punishing

teleSUR (2020-09-15). Malta Denies Port To Dock 278 Migrants Aboard the Open Arms. telesurenglish.net The Spanish NGO Open Arms denounced that Malta denied its ship a port to disembark and assistance for urgent evacuations of people with complicated health conditions. | RELATED: | "Of the 278 people on board, all of them need to disembark and immediate assistance, some for the violence suffered, others for rape, for burns. In addition, we have 50 unaccompanied minors. All of them also need psychological assistance for the…

Patrick Cockburn (2020-09-15). America's War on Terror is the True Cause of Europe's Refugee Crisis. counterpunch.org Desperate refugees crammed into cockle-shell boats landing on the shingle beaches of the south Kent coast are easily portrayed as invaders. Anti-immigrant demonstrators were exploiting such fears last weekend as they blockaded the main highway into Dover Port in order "to protect Britain's borders". Meanwhile, the home secretary, Priti Patel, blames the French for not doing enough to stop the flow of refugees across the Channel.

Staff (2020-09-15). Whistleblower on Doctor at ICE Facility: "Everybody He Sees Has a Hysterectomy" truthout.org A whistleblower complaint directed toward the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) alleges that detainees at an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility in Georgia were medically neglected, including not being tested for COVID-19, and that an alarmingly large number of hysterectomies were being performed on detainees. | The complaint, filed with the Office of Inspector General (OIG) for DHS, states that the hysterectomies were performed on several immigrants held within the Irwin C…

yenisafak (2020-09-15). Germany plans to take in around 1,500 migrants from Greek islands. yenisafak.com German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Interior Minister Horst Seehofer are planning to take in around 1,500 refugees from the Greek islands, German news agency dpa reported on Tuesday.Dpa cited politicians focussed on domestic policy as saying that these would be families with children.More than 12,000 people, mostly refugees from Afghanistan, Africa and Syria, were left without shelter, proper sanitation or access to food and water after a fire tore through the overcrowded Moria migrant camp on the Greek island of Lesbos last Wednesday.

Walter Smolarek (2020-09-15). "The height of cruelty": Judges give green light to planned expulsion of 300,000 refugees. liberationnews.org A three-judge panel from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals dealt a major blow to hundreds of thousands of refugees in a September 14 ruling on Temporary Protected Status. The judges overturned a 2018 lower court decision to freeze a move by the Trump administration revoking this status for refugees who came to the United …

LEON (2020-09-15). Proof: ICE San Francisco Still Has Bloody Hands. indybay.org Photo taken August 8 shows demonstrators placing bloody hand prints on the building that houses Immigration and Customs Enforcement at 630 Sansome St. in San Francisco. See what remains of their handiwork one month later. | Photos by Leon Kunstenaar.

Kenny Stancil, staff writer (2020-09-15). 'Where Will Everyone Go?' New Report Documents How Climate Migration Could Reshape US. commondreams.org "The cost of resisting the new climate reality is mounting," a new report shows, suggesting the U.S. is "on the cusp of a great transformation" involving the relocation of millions of displaced people. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/climate_migration.jpg

teleSUR (2020-09-15). Ethiopians Suffer Displacement Crisis Amid COVID-19 Pandemic. telesurenglish.net Thousands of people in Ethiopia need urgent help as there are 1.8 million internally displaced individuals suffering the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the International Organization for Migration warned on Tuesday. | RELATED: | The UN organization revealed that conflict is the leading cause of the crisis, which has resulted in 1.233.557 displaced people in the country. Moreover, drought has forced 351.0…

Jesse Rosenfeld (2020-09-15). Refugees Face Fire and Terror in Greece. thenation.com Refugees Face Fire and Terror in Greece…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2020-09-14). In 'Devastating' Ruling, 9th Circuit Upholds Trump's Termination of Humanitarian Protections for Nearly 300,000 Migrants. commondreams.org "This court decision is doubling down on the Trump administration's anti-immigrant policy agenda." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/tps-appeals-court-trump.jpg

Staff (2020-09-14). Headlines for September 14, 2020. democracynow.org Historic Climate-Fueled Wildfires Kill 35 People, Burn 5 Million+ Acres Across West Coast, Trump Holds Packed Rally as U.S. Coronavirus Deaths Near 200,000 , ICE Flew Migrant Prisoners to Virginia, Fueling Outbreak, to Skirt Rules on Flying ICE Staff, WHO Says World Saw Biggest Daily Rise in Global Cases, Court Blocks Floridians with Unpaid Felony Conviction Fines from Voting, Trump Defends Police Killing of Portland Anti-Fascist Activist, Palestinians Decry Israeli Normalization Deals with UAE and Bahrain, Intra-Afghan Peace Talks Kick Off in Doha, Salvadoran Ex-Colonel Convicted for 1989 Murder of Jesuit Priest…

WSWS (2020-09-14). COVID-19 outbreak at Virginia migrant detention center caused by repression of anti-police brutality protesters. wsws.org The outbreak at the Farmville detention center demonstrates the capitalist class's disdain for democratic rights and the lives of the entire population.

Ralph Nader (2020-09-14). Trump's Broken Promises to His Voters — He Didn't Deliver! counterpunch.org Trump voters are not inclined to change their minds. Some of them are forever Republicans and will only vote the GOP ticket; they are called hereditary voters. Others can't stand the Democratic Party nominees, won't vote for the Libertarian ticket, and will only vote for Trump. Some love Trump because of his anti-immigrant stance, deregulation

yenisafak (2020-09-14). Greece resettling stranded migrants to tent camp on Lesbos. yenisafak.com Greece has resettled hundreds of migrants in a temporary new tent facility after a fire destroyed their overcrowded refugee camp on the island of Lesbos and hopes to have moved all of them this week, government officials said on Monday.More than 12,000 people, mostly refugees from Afghanistan, Africa and Syria, are without shelter and are having to sleep out in the open without proper sanitation after the fire tore through the Moria migrant camp last Wednesday.Greece is now registering the migrants and testing them for the COVID-19 disease before channeling them into the temporary tent camp, government spokesman…

The Canary (2020-09-14). Refugees make it to land in Kent after hazardous Channel crossing. thecanary.co A rubber dinghy packed with refugees has landed on a beach in Kent after crossing the Channel. About 10 men were pictured on board … | By | A rubber dinghy packed with refugees has landed on a beach in Kent after crossing the Channel. About 10 men were pictured on board the small boat as it approached the shingle beach on Monday morning. They were heard shouting out as the vessel ran aground at Kingsdown, n…

RT (2020-09-14). Washington Post falls for fake FBI raid reportedly staged — with actors — by a conspiracy theorist. rt.com The Washington Post and other media outlets reported on an FBI raid of controversial conservative Jack Burkman's home, only to later correct their stories after an actor said he was hired to help stage the event. | "FBI raids home of conservative conspiracy theorist Jack Burkman,"

yenisafak (2020-09-14). Turkey hails Bangladesh for hosting Rohingya refugees. yenisafak.com Turkey's top diplomat praised Bangladesh on Monday for its efforts to host Rohingya refugees.In a joint news conference following a meeting with his Bangladeshi counterpart AK Abdul Momen, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu thanked Dhaka for their hosting of millions of Rohingya refugees."We know that this is a huge burden and huge responsibility for Bangladesh. More than 4 million refugees are actually hosted by Bangladesh in total, so this is a huge responsibility on their shoulders. We appreciate their efforts," he told reporters in the Turkish capital Ankara.Cavusoglu pointed out that Turkey, with its all orga…

_____ (2020-09-13). The US Is Borrowing Its Way To Fascism. popularresistance.org Viewing the GOP convention seemed a little like binge-watching the last several years' parade of none-too-subtle signs of incipient fascism. We saw extreme nationalism, scapegoating immigrants and foreigners in general, white supremacy, "strong (narcissistic)-man" government, aggressive foreign policies, and hysterical red-baiting. Those signs reflect how capitalism's deepening crisis undermines both the centre-left (Democrat) and centre-right (GOP) and shifts politics further right and further left. Trump represents the anti-centre right, Bernie Sanders the anti-centre left.

yenisafak (2020-09-13). Syrian girl allegedly injured by Greek soldier at Turkish border. yenisafak.com An eight-year-old Syrian girl was injured by two rubber bullets allegedly fired by a Greek soldier at the Turkish border on Sunday.Turkish security forces were informed of nine Syrian migrants, including one who was injured, in the Meric district of the northwestern Edirne province, bordering Greece.Gazin Abdu, who had been injured by rubber bullets was referred to the hospital.Her 19-year-old brother Hazar Abdu told Anadolu Agency that they had arrived at the Greek border hoping to cross into Europe."A Greek soldier opened fire on us. My sister was injured in her foot by two rubber bullets, and then they insulte…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-09-13). Activists in Frankfurt ask authorities to receive refugees. peoplesdispatch.org At a march on September 9, activists demanded that Frankfurt authorities allow the entry of refugees from camps such as the Moria facility in Greece which was devastated in a fire…

yenisafak (2020-09-13). Australia defends intelligence raids as spat with China escalates. yenisafak.com Australia's Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton on Sunday defended the government's right to intelligence raids to prevent foreign interference, after China condemned searches on the homes of its journalists working in Australia.Dutton declined to directly confirm that the Chinese journalists were questioned by Australia's intelligence agency in June, saying an investigation was still underway, but said there was some "activity" by the country's intelligence agency."Where (the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation) has sufficient grounds for the execution of a search warrant, or for activities otherwise, t…

yenisafak (2020-09-13). Turkey rescues 14 asylum seekers in Aegean Sea. yenisafak.com A coast guard team was dispatched off the coast of Marmaris in Mugla province after learning that the South African asylum seekers were stranded on a boat.The asylum seekers said that when they reached Rhodes Island, Greek coast guard teams damaged their boat and pushed them into Turkish territorial waters.After routine checks, the asylum seekers were sent to the provincial migration authority.Turkey has been a key transit point for asylum seekers aiming to cross into Europe to start new lives, especially those fleeing war and persecution.Turkey has repeatedly condemned Greece's illegal practice of pushing back a…